The Stars Shine in the Land of 1000 Dances

Ray Carrion puts together massive Latin All Star talent for good times, good people, and a good cause in the heart of Aztlan, CA

By Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor
Published on LatinoLA: July 16, 2013

The Stars Shine in the Land of 1000 Dances

Ever since summer started, it's been obvious that the economy is starting to get a little better as people are going back to work, traveling around again, living life‘«™ and the music has never sounded better in the Land of 1000 Dances, and the Gente has never looked better!

Concerts and dance shows have drawn the people out of their homes and onto dance floors again, outdoor car shows and Art shows are happening all over in the California sunshine, and it's Festival Season‘«™a time to be outdoors among the people and celebrating life in a free country.

I have been privileged to have attended so many outdoor music festivals, and make friends with so many talented artists & entertainers in Aztlan, that I almost feel sorry for Internet friends & fans from other states & countries that they don't have it as good as we do here on the West Coast of Califas.

I was talking to a good friend of mine the other day, multi-talented guitarist Ray Carrion, and he was telling me, "I'm originally from Ohio, but there's NO other place I'd rather live than here in Los Angeles where there's so much talent and diversity. I have a beautiful wife & family, and am truly blessed to enjoy and perform the art of music in L.A. We have it all here...Salsa, Latin Jazz, Latin Soul, Chicano Rock, Merengue, Oldies but Goodies, Blues, Classic Rock, you name it, on almost any given night. I've been lucky to travel around the United States and to other countries to perform alongside some of the finest artists of my lifetime from around the country and other countries as well‘«™and they all agree, L.A.'s where it happens if you're a musician. To be able to live and perform music in L.A. has been a blessing, and I'm one lucky, happy guy."

To all visitors, LatinoLA says, "Welcome to the Land of 1000 Dances," and invite you to some of the best musical all star lineups of Latino-Chicano chingon talent in the Land this month starring Ray Carrion and some of his talented friends. Just a sample of what we have here;

[b]Wednesday, July 24th, the City of El Monte presents it's 10th Annual " Rockin' Wednesdays" concert series at Arceo Park in El Monte where Ray Carrion & Thee Latin All Stars will perform for FREE starting at 6:30 till 8:30, featuring:[/b[
‘«ů The original voice of "Sabor A Mi" by EL CHICANO ~ Ersi Arvisu
‘«ů The original voice of "Suavecito" by MALO ~ Richard Bean
‘«ů The original voice of TIERRA ~ Steve Salas
‘«ů From the group WAR ~ Sal Rodriguez
‘«ů From the group DOWN WITH 3 ~ Billy & Eric Mondragon
‘«ů From THEE MIDNITERS ~ Greg Esparza
‘«ů L.A. 's King of L.A. underground Oldies & R&B~ Rocky Padilla
Also, Tex Nakamura, Bobby Loya, Johnny Burrola and Danny Santillan

Talk about a varsity line-up! So bring your lawn chair, lawn blankets, ice chest, munchies, family, good friends, and come kick back to some of the finest music in Aztlan in the fair city of El Monte.

Then, on Sunday, July 28th, in honor of Ray's good friend and musical mentor, legendary percussionist PAPO RODRIGUEZ, who recently suffered a stroke, the first Annual L.A. Salsa Fest 2013 will take place at Steven's Steakhouse in Commerce, starting at 2pm till 2am. (That's right! 12 hours of some righteous live music !)

"Papo is one of the greatest timbaleros I've ever known or performed with, as well as a wonderful friend," Ray tells LatinoLA proudly. "He was a mainstay for EL CHICANO and the PONCHO SANCHEZ band for many years. In fact, it was Papo that convinced El Chicano's BOBBY ESPINOSA to give me a try at guitarist for El Chicano, which he did without an audition‘«™Papo's word is THAT good! Together, we enjoyed 22 years of performing & touring with El Chicano to packed houses around the country. We recently had a rehearsal for the Fania All Star Reunion concert in May when Papo had a stroke later on that night. He's recovering well and going to rehabilitative treatment‘«™but finances get squeezed when you're a music artist who can't gig‘«™so I was able to assemble some of the baddest Salsa and LatinJazz performers in the business to put on a fundraising effort for him‘«™and here they are:"
‘«ů Chino Espinoza Y Los Duenos Del Sol
‘«ů Son Mayor
‘«ů Johnny Polanco Y Su Conjunto Amistad
‘«ů Lucky 7 Mambo
‘«ů Octavio Figueroa, Willy Cadenas Y La Combinacion
‘«ů Guicho y Su Tribu
‘«ů Phil Robinson Y La Sonora Borinquena
‘«ů Sangre Nueva
‘«ů Conjunto Oye
‘«ů Angel Lebron Y Su Sabor Latino

In addition, Latin Jazz with Gilberto Torres, Bob DeSena & The Banda Brothers with surprise special musical guests, plus DJ Robby. Steven's Steakhouse will also provide their famous food buffet from 2pm to 5pm.

That's more than 11 electrifying musical acts, a DJ, dancing, and a scrumptious hot meal with some of the finest people in Aztlan, ALL FOR JUST $10.00 !!
(VIP seating also available). call 323-723-9856 for tickets & info.

What can I say? These 2 exciting events put on by Ray Carrion probably reflect some of the best Latino music talent available anywhere on the planet‘«™and you won't go broke going to either one!

For more info, check out our calendario page, and as always, we at LatinoLA welcome everyone to the City of Angels, Land of 1000 Dances, Aztlan!

About Frankie Firme, Contributing Editor:
Frankie Firme is the "Al Capone of the microphone, Hitman of West Coast Chicano Soul, and the Voice of Aztlan" heard on World wide Internet raio staion www.eastLArevue.com
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